Cook Political Report Moves Independent Alyse Galvin for Congress in Alaska’s At-Large District to “Lean Republican”

October 24, 2018

(ANCHORAGE, AK) -- Today, Cook Political Report, a national nonpartisan online newsletter that has analyzed House race ratings since 1984, upgraded Independent candidate Alyse Galvin for Congress in Alaska’s At-Large District from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican,” after Ivan Moore at Alaska Survey Research released polling data on October 17, 2018 showing Galvin trailing incumbent Rep. Young by just two points.

“This ratings change is a sign that voters from all corners of Alaska understand that Rep. Young has changed and is siding with special interests and lobbyists who hand him trips, gifts, and cash in return for political favors, rather than working his hardest to represent all Alaskans in Congress,” said Samantha Alden Harris, Galvin’s Campaign Manager. “Alaska is ready for a new voice who will fight for access to quality, affordable healthcare, protect Social Security and Medicare as earned retirement benefits, and increase public safety.”

A leader of the grassroots organization Great Alaska Schools, Galvin is mounting a serious challenge to the incumbent. She has an energized volunteer base of more than 900 Alaskans. Galvin won the Alaska Democratic Primary with 54% of the vote against three other candidates, and has raised over a million dollars without a single cent from corporate PACs. Her campaign has hosted town hall style meet-and-greets all across Alaska, from Kotzebue to Kodiak, Fairbanks to Nome, Juneau to Anchorage. Her message is clear: I’m listening, I’m present, and can’t wait to serve all Alaskans. Don Young, unfortunately, isn’t anymore.

Alyse Galvin is a mom, a third-generation Alaskan, a community leader, and a former small business owner. A tireless advocate for education, she spent the last five years as a leader of Great Alaska Schools organizing parents, students, educators, and community members to protect public schools from massive budget cuts. In 2017, she led statewide opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education.

Alyse Galvin is an Independent and the Alaska Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Congress. Galvin will face Rep. Don Young in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

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